White House to poach Senate for National Economic Council

The White House is planning to poach a leading Republican congressional trade staffer to fill a key post on its National Economic Council, according to administration and private sector sources with knowledge of the staff move. [ADAM BEHSUDI , ANDREW RESTUCCIA and BEN WHITE | June 6, 2017 |Politico] Everett Eissenstat, now the chief Republican trade counsel for the Senate…

Sources: Language on WTO, ‘reciprocal’ trade causes roadblocks in negotiations for G20 communiqué

HAMBURG — Negotiations for a joint statement on trade at the G20 leaders summit are running into similar roadblocks to previous negotiations for communiqués under the Trump presidency, including wording on protectionism and “reciprocal” trade — which the U.S. administration has pushed for in every joint statement with foreign leaders — and whether the World…

U.S. Job Growth Picks Up the Pace, but Wages Lag Behind

Automobile sales may be slowing, e-commerce is putting the squeeze on bricks-and-mortar stores, and overall economic growth is limp. But the labor market has nevertheless managed to charge ahead. [PATRICIA COHEN| July 7, 2017 |The New York Times] Employers added an impressive 222,000 jobs in June, the government reported on Friday. Although the jobless rate ticked up slightly to 4.4…

The Skills Gap: Washington Post Economic Columnist Edition

Folks who passed their intro econ class know that it is net exports (exports minus imports) that affect output and employment. Not exports alone. Nonetheless, we find people like Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson telling readers that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might undermine his agenda because “being outside these agreements [a…

Civilian Drone Industry: USA Is Missing the Boat

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director At last month’s Paris Air Show, China showed off its latest military drone, an unmanned intelligent computer-controlled vehicle called the CH-5.  Military experts were impressed. The CH-5 has a range of 20,000 kilometers (12,000 miles), and can stay aloft for up to 50 hours. “You can just imagine a…

USTR to request first-ever KORUS joint committee special session to amend agreement

Following President Trump’s promise to renegotiate the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement “right now,” an administration official told Inside U.S. Trade the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will formally request that both countries’ joint committee convene in a so-called “special session” to consider potential amendments to the deal – a provision that sources said has never been used before, and one that runs counter…